Russian tortoise shell

Valerian

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I recently got a rehomed Russian tortoise, who is around 5~ years old. His previous owners got him from a pet store and usually kept him in dry conditions. I’ve been looking at Russian shells and his seems deformed. It isn’t peeling, though if I really really wanted to I could probably peel some flakes off. Is this an old symptom of shell rot or does this look like current shell rot?
 

SweetGreekTorts

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Pet store tortoises are wild-caught and definitely over 5 years of age. The tortoise could be anywhere from 10-50 years old. Wild-caught tortoises also have more wear and tear on their shells and look more banged up than captive-bred.
 

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Here's the pic... I'd soak and scrub the shell with a toothbrush (maybe with a bit of white vinegar if the scrunge is stubborn).

After scrubbing, if the white stuff is still there, try a couple of days of athlete's foot cream on the shell.

Jamie
 

Blackdog1714

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THat poor fellow needs some TLC- soaks and scrubs. BTW the Messed Up Scute pattern is amazing. Such a beautiful little tort.
 

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